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  • Why maintain a network of organizations?

    Elections Canada (EC) maintains a network of formal and informal relationships with organizations that work with our key audiences. This network gave us research and feedback from their members. This helped us identify groups of electors who face barriers to working at and running, registering and voting in a federal election:

    • First Nations, Inuit and Métis electors
    • people with disabilities
    • new voters (youth and new Canadians)
  • What do organizations in Inspire's network do?

    We want to build and maintain our network to keep EC's outreach activities fresh and relevant.

    Organizations in our network:

    • host events for their members, which we attend or support;
    • provide feedback about the barriers that their members face so that we can improve the electoral process; and
    • share EC's information about all the ways to work at and run and vote in a federal election.
  • Is my organization a good fit for Inspire's network?

    We work with organizations and community leaders across Canada. Together, we make it easier to take part in elections by reducing barriers and sharing information. Organizations that work with EC:

    • are non-partisan
    • have many members and a large network
    • can deliver elections-related outreach
    • are typically a non-profit service or advocacy organization

Many organizations and community leaders in our network have said that working with us has helped them build their own network.

Would you like to be one of them? Connect with us.

Our Network

ABC Life Literacy inspires Canadians to increase their literacy skills.
How they help: ABC Life Literacy creates plain language products to help people with the election process. One such product is the A Guide to Voting: A Literacy Practitioner. They also have learning activities that complement the voting guide. ABC Life Literacy shares EC's products through newsletters, social media and activities.
Apathy is Boring supports and educates youth to be active and contributing citizens in Canada’s democracy.
How they help: It shares EC's information through its online platforms. Apathy is Boring will launch a nationwide Table Topics initiative to promote dialogue and engagement around the election between youth and their peers. It will also create and share a video series interviewing young Canadians across the country on their civic and democratic engagement.
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) advocates on behalf of First Nations as directed by Chiefs-in-Assembly. This includes facilitation and coordination of national and regional discussions and dialogue, advocacy efforts and campaigns, legal and policy analysis, communicating with governments, including facilitating relationship-building between First Nations and the Crown as well as public and private sectors and general public.
How they help: The AFN helps EC reduce barriers faced by electors living on reserve by sharing EC's voter information campaign via virtual and in-person kiosks at its forums, and through social media posts. During an election, it will operate a call centre to contact band administrators to discuss local elector services. The AFN will focus its outreach efforts on providing information about having the required ID to register and vote (including using the voter information card as a proof of address) and on the advantages of registering before election day.
Brain Injury Canada works to enhance the quality of life of individuals and families or caregivers living with brain injury in Canada.
How they help: Brain Injury Canada shares information on accessible voting tools and services to Canadians with acquired brain injury.
Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is a national voice for Canada's post-secondary students. Established in 1995, CASA is a non-partisan, not-for-profit student organization composed of student associations from across Canada.
How they help: CASA creates and shares digital toolkits designed for students (18–24). They will also run national, digital Voter Information conference to to maximize the number of students who are trained and prepared to mobilize students sharing where, when, and the ways to register and vote, and engage in paid employment in polls.
Citoyenneté Jeunesse is an organization of all Quebec-based local youth forums.
How they help: Le Citoyenneté Jeunesse promotes EC's information and products on its website and with its networks during an election.
City for All Women Initiative (CAWI) is a not-for-profit collaborative of women working to promote democratic engagement.
How they help: Helps to educate Canadian electors of their voting rights and the voting process through virtual information sessions, workshops and social media.
EMBERS Eastside Works is a low barrier employment centre assisting vulnerable individuals in Vancouver's downtown eastside.
How they help: Embers provides face-to-face outreach in order to effectively communicate key information about electoral participation with homeless electors.
Fédération de la jeunesse canadienne-francaise (FJCF) contributes to the socio-cultural and identity development of young French-speaking Canadians.
How they help: FJCF helps to ensure that francophone youth have clear and trustworthy information about voting in federal elections, utilizing virtual presentations and digital campaigns to get the word out.
Fédération des communautés francophoneet acadienne du Canada (FCFA) is a national voice for francophone and Acadian communities in Canada.
How they help: by educating Canadian electors of their voting rights and the voting process, specifically minority official language speakers across the country.
Frontier College is a national literacy organization.
How they help: Frontier College shares EC's information with many communities across Canada. Frontier College and EC collaborate on activities for the National Forum on Literacy & Civic Engagement, and facilitate Inspire Democracy information kiosks and Vote PopUp activities across Canada.
ilinniapaa Skills Development Centre (iSDC) delivers a range of skills development training in the North, primarily in Nunavut.
How they help: iSDCprepares social media that is culturally relevant for the North and shares EC's information with electors from Nunavut, Northwest Territories and Yukon. iSDC will deliver webinars on electoral participation and organize radio interviews in Inuktitut on the importance of voting.
Indspire is a national Indigenous-led charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people.
How they help: Indspire will share EC's information with its network of Indigenous youth across Canada through its on line workshop, its Rivers to success portal and its social media platforms. EC will participate in Indspire's first virtual Soaring: Indigenous Youth Empowerment Gathering event in May 2021.
Institut du Nouveau Monde (INM) works to increase participation in democracy.
How they help: INM promotes EC's information and products on their website and social networks before and during an election. They share EC's information and products at kiosks. INM will set up a database of potential candidates interested in working at an election and will ensure that they have all the information to apply for those positions.
Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) delivers programs and special projects that inspire inclusion, create opportunities to connect, and encourage active citizenship.
How they help: EC information products will be shared at virtual enhanced citizenship ceremonies hosted by the ICC and with its Canoo network, a program that helps new Canadian citizens celebrate their citizenship by providing free admission to over 1400 cultural and historic sites across Canada.
Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy (IFSD) is a research organization based out of the University of Ottawa.
How they help: through their student-led campaign iVote-jeVote they help to inform all Canadians on both the voting process and how to run as a candidate.
Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities (MLPD) promotes accessibility and inclusion for people of all abilities. It is a group of experienced, diverse, influential and engaging staff and volunteers educate and offer expert advice in a wide range of topics and issues relating to accessibility, MLPD is dedicated to making a fully accessible province where all people, no matter ability, have the same rights and freedoms.
How they help: MLPD shares information about accessible voting and electoral participation online and in person. MLPD delivers Inspire Democracy workshops to communities of people with diverse disabilities and to organizations that support communities of persons with disabilities.
People First of Canada is an organization for people with intellectual disabilities supporting each other to reclaim the right to be recognized as full citizens.
How they help: People First of Canada hosts workshops and training activities about EC's accessibility service offering. They share information on assisting electors at the polls with support workers. They host town halls and webinars on the different ways to register and vote.
Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) is a not-for profit organization linking English language groups across Quebec.
How they help: by educating Canadian electors of their voting rights and the voting process, specifically in official language minority communities across the country.
Special Olympics Canada is dedicated to enriching the lives of Canadians with an intellectual disability through sport.
How they help: through sharing EC's official information with their community and highlighting EC's accessibility services and tools.
The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) Foundation delivers innovative programs and powerful advocacy that empowers people impacted by blindness.
How they help: CNIB shares EC's information in accessible formats with Canadians who are blind, partially sighted or deafblind. CNIB hosts training events across the country on the accessibility tools and services that are available at the polls. They also share information about accessible voting with their members online.
The Democratic Engagement Exchange (The Exchange) drives democratic engagement by partnering with community organizations, government agencies and academic institutions to build tools and champion policies to create a more inclusive democracy.
How they help: The Exchange has created and revised
  • Democracy Talks, which is a set of practical tools and resources to foster a more inclusive democracy
  • Vote PopUp, which is a toolkit to familiarize the voting process for first-time and infrequent voters
The Exchange shares EC’s information online and hosts events and activities across Canada.
Wavefront Centre for Communication Accessibility is passionate about making sure Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and hearing individuals can interact freely without barriers.
How they help: through sharing EC's official information with their community and highlighting EC's accessibility services and tools